Family : Lauraceae
Habitat : Native to Sri Lanka, Madagascar, the Comoro Islands, South india, Burma and Indochina. It is also cultivated in India, Jamaica and Africa- each region tending to have its own particular species.
Odour : A sweet, warm-spicy dry, tenacious odour
Part of plant used : Leaf
Method of extraction : Steam Distilled
Dosha effect of oil : Pitta and kapha
Therapeutic indication : Skin care: Lice, scabies, tooth and gum care, warts, wasp stins
Circulation muscle and joints: Poor circulation, rheumatism
Digestive System: Anorexia, colitis, diarrhea, dyspepsia, intestinal infection, sluggish digestion, spasm
Genito urinary system: Child birth (stimulates contractions), frigidity, leucorrhoea, metrorrhagia, and scanty periods
Immune System: Chills, colds ‘flu, infectious diseases
Nervous System: Debility, nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions
Mind/Emotions : It is said to stimulate creativity.
Safety Data : The leaf oil is relatively non-toxic though possibly irritant due to cinnamaldehyde. Its major component, eugenol, causes irritation to the mucous membranes, use in moderation.